Irish Electric Car Sales On The Increase
So far this year, in the first quarter, there has been as many electric cars sold than in the whole of 2018.
Industry figures have revealed that 330 new electric car were registered in Ireland during the month of February, compared to just 72 in the same month last year.
So far this year, 1,129 electric cars have been registered which almost surpasses the total number of electric cars sold for the entire year in 2018, which was 1,233. This was a 542% increase in January and February compared to the same period last year.
New car sales have continued to fall in the first few months of this year. This trend will continue as car manufacturers supply more and more electric cars and the government also incentivise EV technology with generous grant schemes.
New car registrations for February were down just over 11% to 15,128 when compared to February 2018, while registrations for the year so far are also down 12% on the same period last year.
Imported cars were also down but not at the same level as new cars. During February, a total of 8,861 cars were imported, which is a decrease of 0.4% on the same month last year, with year-to-date sales down 0.5% to 17,865.
Richard Bruton, who is the Communications, Climate Action and Environment Minister, said electric vehicles sales were evidence that Irish people want to "embrace the change to a low-carbon future".